We survived the general strike, which in Serpa amounted to the campsite reception, library and museum closing – everything else carried on as normal. We wandered into the town square, hoping to witness a protest or a riot, but nothing. The Communist Party posters – Death to the Troika, Death to the national government of betrayal – promised trouble, but it seems that most Portuguese wanted to get on with their daily lives.
D & I had spent one night in Serpa on the way to meeting Aussie Dad & Jan and thought it would be worth returning to check out the castle ramparts. Unfortunately they were closed for repairs – as far as we could tell, the most recent damage was caused when the Spanish blew the castle up some time in the 1700s. Taking their time to patch it up. The tourist office suggested that we try again in April or May.